I stopped eating red meat when I was 16. I did this because I wanted to loose weight sand new absolutely nothing about health. Instead I eat a bunch of bread...error.
I moved to California at 30 from Indiana . In small town Indiana I was "healthy" because I didn't drink coke or eat fast food. When I go to California I really started getting exposed to new health ideas. I met a vegan guru who got me convinced that veganism was the way to go.
I even started working selling a vegan health product and for a few years I worked with this person starting a vegan health cafe. I was a vegan. I had a community. I was special. I was ethically superior and far more healthy and everyone else was going to die of a heart attack soon, or so I thought.
The problem was that I was very sick. There are a number of reasons for me being sick and I would not say veganism was the only cause of my sickness but I will say that the worst thing to do if you are already sick, especially toxic, is start an extreme diet that will reduce charge and increase toxicity. I was being told as I got sicker that I was detoxing and that it was a good thing. This is a common error in alternative health. Sometimes there is a healing crisis and other times the thing you are doing is just causing a crisis. How do you know?
Wait before everyone gets up in arms let me explain. My understanding of diets in general is that light is the primary factor. The Eskimo and the person at the equator eat different. The Eskimo needs to be cold to condense the mitochondria for higher energy out put. Th Eskimo needs to be ketogenic as fat contains more calories than protein and cards. The Eskimo needs to eat lots of fish for dha to convert sunlight to dc current in the body. Plus in nature there just aren't many carbs available.
The person at the equator has tons of light, they can be vegan. Carbs grow on trees year round. If you give a banana to an Eskimo the light it contains from photosynthesis will communicate to the Eskimo that it is summer in the winter causing a circadian glitch.
Let me be clear any one who gets off a standard american diet of junk food is gonna get better. Vegan ism in my experience is a first world, out of touch with nature, egotistical religion. That was my experience. i don't care personally what anyone eats. If you are at the equator consider veganism, if you are an Eskimo don't even think about it. Everyone in between should make themselves subject to the seasons.
I have found that there are a number of essential substances that I can't get from plants. I mentioned dha earlier and had my genetics done. Omegas from plants don't convert well and my genes convert them very poorly. I stopped being a vegan a few years ago. Why? I was desperate to feel better. The guru vegan was eating eggs and fish all along. When I asked him about this he said salmon swim up stream to die so there is no bad karma for vegans to eat them. True story, that ridiculous. I have found based on my location the healthiest diet is a cheating vegan diet. Since most vegans I know who cheat actually do well.
I don't want to get into ethics too much but there is agriculture and if you have seen land cleared for plants no life is there. What is more important a cow or a gofer? I don't know it's just what I ask vegans because it shows the problems with the ethics of the thing.
I stopped being a vegan with eggs and as soon as I ate that egg it was like my brain turned back on. Then fish then after not having red meat since I was a 16 I started eating beef and other meats, oysters and on and on.
If you have seen my sight you will see I don't eat much and when I do eat it is very high quality so most people aren't talking to me when looking at meat eater.
Meat eaters who have fried carbs with meat are different. vegans who drink vodka are different. Anyone can be more or less healthy on any diet. I have found what works for me.
Like most religions veganism will stay around but I have a feeling if people couldn't cheat that nature would solve the problem of veganism pretty quickly. Now the carnivore diet is gaining popularity. vegans created this with their extremism. I think the carnivore diet has many of the same problems as veganism. Why deny yourself basic beneficial substances for a label. I will say if I had to do one or the other I would no doubt be a carnivore.
I feel much better not being vegan. This is my experience. I will say that vegan or not most people are eating too much too often. Keep it balanced my friends.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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